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Thursday, December 22, 2005

I need your help!

We always hear the negatives about living in the poor side of this country, they get paid little, they don’t save money, and they live in unhealthy and hazardous environments. I agree and have witnessed it to be true. Yet people, I have realized, do not have a true understanding or appreciation of the people in Jordan. In spite of all that’s bad, there is all that’s good as well and that has to come through. Not to be too broad, but even around the world the average Middle Eastern is rarely presented in a colorful manner.

In Express, Positively! I will focus more on what is positive, and on what is good. In the very little time I have spent with people from outside of Amman, I have come to learn about a different kind of happiness, I saw authenticity, reality, love, purity even appreciation of simple things. I in Express, Positively! I will try to capture that, to wipe off the dust lying over the positives in our locals. It's a project a campaign that will need the help of all of us.
Express, Positively!
"Adding more color to our black and yellow streets."
Please give me ideas and or suggestions, anything. This is a project that needs to be done by many.

17 Comments:

Blogger Sabri Hakim said...

thank you abdul satar.
Dana, i hope this will do, your comments were erased by mistake.

December 22, 2005 8:01 AM  
Blogger lulu said...

Sabri - Just some initital feedback. I love this idea, and am delighted that it will be executed by you, someone who sees beauty in places other people don't. I will try to think and let you know if I have any ideas, but I support you 100%.

December 22, 2005 8:16 AM  
Blogger Profile Deleted said...

First of all..thats a great idea.

Am new to your blog and to the blogging community...this is my second time i am here and i have to admit you are talented. Well Done sabry

i was walking with Abu Shaker last week, he is a 68 years old man who gets up each day at 7am to go through the trash and collect empty cans...i went to his home and meet his children..he is a neighbor.. each time i ask him how are you doing ?

He Says " Il hamdolilah, never been better my son, what about you ? " he says that with a smile that amazes me...

so i say to my self..no way i can complain about anything :)

I think your "Express" idea well help deliver such a thing...i feel that...i want to help and i dont know how..so if thier is anything that we can do let us know.

December 22, 2005 9:07 AM  
Blogger Khalaf said...

Wow. How condescending! Will this make everybody feel better about the poverty that these people suffer?

December 22, 2005 9:18 AM  
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December 22, 2005 10:05 AM  
Blogger Profile Deleted said...

Salam Khalaf,

i think you have a point..But..

Am not speaking on behave of the idea owner, but i think such ideas is meant to make ordinary people appreciate their lives and is not meant to solve poverty problem and make us feel better, because obviously you cant make poor feel happy by taking their pictures !

I think i feel a shamed when ever i complain about my life when thinking about abu shaker's (Read my previous comment) and all i can do is help out (not only by words) and thank god for what I have.

I hope this is the idea That Express will deliver.

December 22, 2005 10:11 AM  
Anonymous khalidah said...

Sabri - creative as usual!
I love your idea and I will ponder to give you some cretivity of my own, so wait up.

To Khalaf; nothing will make the poor feel better about his poverty; but through this campaign, maybe we can help him see beyond that poverty and help him see the hope and appreciate life as is. By expressing feelings and adopting a positive attitude; things may change for the better
"تفاءلوا خيراً تجدوه"

December 22, 2005 11:27 AM  
Blogger May said...

love the idea sabri.. ill keep u updated with any thoughts i have on this..
what i truely beleive is that.. you cant measure your problems according to others, the extent of the problem that one encounters, depends on the position you are in, and not your status..what i mean is, we dont have to feel guilty for complaining about things, but we should look at what we are complaining about..and if its worth complaining about..thats what we should learn from looking at the less previleged..because most of the things we complain about...are not even worth it..

December 22, 2005 2:48 PM  
Anonymous abdelstar alslimat said...

Sabri hi igot no ideas but iam willing to help any way i can.

December 22, 2005 4:34 PM  
Blogger Dar said...

its a long time i havent read something creative ! esp regarding this issue
Well i would like to be with u Sabri , if that is possible , and i would like to know more about this progam ..... waiting to hear from u
Cheerz!

December 22, 2005 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Susa said...

Nice iniciative!

December 22, 2005 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Hasan Zraikat said...

I think that there is great potential in this, as its effects can be far reaching, more than one might. However, It could play the opposite effect, where people will continue ignoring the issue.

Many of these people affected live in circumstances that are unnecessary and can easily be avoided if the government and people alike decided to share some of the wealth that’s stashed away in their bank accounts.

If this campaign shows that these affected people are happy, then it might send the wrong message that there is nothing broken to be fixed.

Maybe if these people's goodness and strong hope and will to survive is shown instead, it might generate some sympathy. It also might put the rest of us to shame to see such wonderful and self respecting people suffer for our selfish needs to satisfy our self indulgences.

I know that before changing the world, I have to change my own corner first. I think that this campaign can push many people to change their own corners and work their way out, so that maybe one day we will all meet in the middle.

December 23, 2005 12:12 AM  
Blogger Tutti said...

Merry Christmas!!

December 23, 2005 3:37 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Looking forward to hear more about Express Positively, seeing the world trough your eyes, thoughts, art will definitely make the difference...

December 23, 2005 4:54 AM  
Anonymous promises said...

Hey Sabri,

There was a project some time ago done by "Arafat association" in Nablus by the name "Homeless doors that speak". They got all the old doors from houses, churches, mosques and other doors that are all "throwing away" quality and gave them to the kids. Then gave each kid a set if colors and asked them to express their emotions. The doors turnd out wonderful. each door spoke the personailty of the child that drew his feelings on it. The pictures of the kids were amazing, at the same time a wonderfull product and a constructive project came out of it.

Another project was done by "Layla Kanafani association" where each kid was asked to draw a portrait of his own,depicting himself. The product was a book called "Like roses in the wind" which can be bought at Al- Hakawati library.

I believe these kind of projects would be a great material to follow photographically at the same time will have a positive effect on kids.They'll feel they have accomplished something which will have a great impact on their personality!

Good luck!

p.s: need any more info on these projects dont hesitate in contacting me

December 23, 2005 5:32 PM  
Blogger McArabian said...

This sounds like a great idea! Khalaf does have a point though, you have to be careful about not speaking for or simplifying your subject's position/agency. Perhaps, for one part of the project, you can lend your camera to some of the kids/men/women for them to take their own pictures with.
There were a couple of projects in the US where underprivilidged highschool kids were given camcorders to record a week of their life. The stuff that came out was very powerful without being as condescending as making your run of the mill document about these kids in their highschool.
So yeah, consider a photo essay where your subject has complete control of the tool instead of being just the main focus of the "gaze".

December 24, 2005 12:15 AM  
Blogger zeid koudsi said...

very creative ad 3aber!

December 24, 2005 1:40 AM  

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